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  • Farmer Jeff: Oakland edition

    Posted on March 30th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Today I planted some vegetables up at the top of the hill in my backyard (with a little help from Zoe). I planted broccoli, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, and onions, in addition to the grapes that I put there a month ago. I had a fairly green thumb in Brentwood and I hope I have similar luck here. Of course, the sun needs to come out so things will actually grow!

  • Rain rain go away!

    Posted on March 28th, 2006 Jeff Keller No comments

    I am SO tired of this weather. All it does is rain. I can’t plant my veggies in my garden. I can’t enjoy my new tables. And the cat can’t go outside on her leash (she loves that now).
    Apparently spring has been delayed until summer.

  • Friday night fun

    Posted on March 24th, 2006 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    I can’t think of anything I’d rather do on Friday night than change a tire. In the dark. In the pouring rain. But that’s just what I did tonight. It started out innocently enough. I was going to stop in at a local cafe to do some work at the gym. While parallel parking I hit the curb — evidently at the wrong angle. When I got out of the car, the tire was losing air fast, and it was flat in about three minutes. So, I changed the tire. This was the first time I’ve ever done it by myself, and I pulled it off. A lady who lived nearby came out with a flashlight to help out, and I’m grateful for her help. So, the car is back in action, and I have a tire to replace.
    I seem to be cursed with flat tires lately… I’ve had like four in the last year (on two different cars).

  • Preview PrinterSpot today!

    Posted on March 23rd, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    After literally years of talking about it, my friend Marc and I have finally launched our printer review site — PrinterSpot. This site is designed to be part of the DCRP site, so if you’re used to that site you’ll feel right at home on PrinterSpot. We’ll be covering photo and multifunction printers here, and we’ve already got seven reviews ready to go. Other features include an extensive printer database, a very cool Supplies section, and forums.
    We’ll officially “launch” PrinterSpot next week, so you blog readers get a little preview. If this site does half as well as the DCRP, then it’ll be a big success!

  • Backyard furniture

    Posted on March 21st, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    I now have two places to sit and enjoy my backyard, courtesy of Costco. About a month ago I got this nice little wrought iron table:

    It only cost about $50 for the table and two chairs!
    What I’ve really been wanting, though, is a big wood table for the main deck. I spotted one at Costco the other day and my folks helped me pick it up and get it to my house. It comes with four chairs, but we only unpacked three since 1) there’s really not a lot of room for a fourth chair and 2) people can sit on the “bench” instead.

    Pretty nice! And half the price of similar tables at Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn.

  • Digging in the dirt

    Posted on March 20th, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Zoe and I go in the backyard just about every day now. She goes on her leash, and pretty quickly starts digging up leaves and dirt for no apparent reason. I took a few video clips of this behavior and put them into a MPEG-4 movie — check it out! With music by Peter Gabriel no less.

  • Look out

    Posted on March 17th, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Zoe’s cute — and she knows it.

  • Distorted thinking

    Posted on March 15th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    The therapist recently gave me a handout about “cognitive distortions”, and I thought it was worth sharing. Unfortunately I’ve do quite a few of these on a regular basis, though now I can recognize when I do it.
    Here they are…. I put some comments at the end of each of these.
    1) All-or-nothing thinking: You look at things in absolute, black-and-white categories. (Guilty as charged)
    2) Over-generalization: You view a negative even as a never-ending pattern of defeat. (Eh, not really)
    3) Mental filter: You dwell on the negatives. (Sometimes)
    4) Discounting the positives: You insist that your accomplishments or positive qualities don’t count.(Very guilty here)
    5) Jumping to conclusions:
    a) Mind-reading: you assume that people are reacting negatively to you when there’s no definite evidence (Yep)
    b) Fortune-telling: you arbitrarily predict that things will turn out badly (Yes, this one too)
    6) Magnification or minimization: You blow things way out of proportion or shrink their importance. (Not really)
    7) Emotional reasoning: You reason from how you feel. (Eh)
    8) “Should statements”: You criticize yourself (or others) with “shoulds”, “oughts”, “musts”, and “have tos” (Nope)
    9) Labeling: Instead of saying “I made a mistake”, you tell yourself “I’m a fool, idiot, loser, etc.” (Not usually)
    10) Personalization and blame: You blame yourself for something you weren’t entirely responsible for, or you blame other people and deny your role in the problem. (Definitely guilty of the first one).
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this way sometimes!